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Old 08-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Points of interest near the 2013 "Ricks Rendezvous"

I started this thread for anyone that wants to post up pic's or list points of interest near the 2013 "Ricks RDV" I will be posting my scouting trips here and encourage other to do the same. Everyone welcome!
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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I will start with a few pics from yesterday when I was scouting for a ride.







Town of Elizabethton TN

Near the covered bridge

Shawnee road at the top of the Mtn.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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cool!!!

you should link it to the RDV thread
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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I started this thread for anyone that wants to post up pic's or list points of interest near the 2013 "Ricks RDV" I will be posting my scouting trips here and encourage other to do the same. Everyone welcome!
Sweet!

I'll "quote" some relevant posts from my daytrippin' thread!
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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This waterfall is just over the mtn via some nice gravel.....but you can there via all pavement as well....

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I've known of Elk River Falls for some time but had never been there before yesterday.














It appeared to be a popular place.....














Looked like a good place to take a swim....but didn't see any takers.

In between the falls and rally central.

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Another first timer!














It went right past this well maintained cemetery miles away from the nearest house or church.














....then things became a bit more interesting heading down the mtn.


..at first it was just a little less gravel....














...then it got steeper (than it looks) rutted and littered with debris.


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It wouldn't be much of a challenge on a thumper but I'm not sure if I'd want to try and climb it with the touring Strom....not when wet anyway.














Back in civilization.














Proof that I really was riding!

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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I'm not going to quote everything...as I posted too much over there, but here's a few more.











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Old 08-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #7
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The Beauty Spot

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Beauty Spot Gap.














That's the Appalachian Trail running right across the top of this bald meadow mtn top @ Beauty Spot.














And these are AT hikers that started in Georgia and plan to end up in Pennsylvania!

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Looking North on the AT...that Unaka? overlook was atop the left side of the mtn in the background.









































Time to go collect some more bugs.

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:32 PM   #8
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Along the state line near Beech Mtn....













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Old 08-28-2012, 07:33 PM   #9
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Anyone that needs to get some exercise can hike to Laurel Fork Falls off the AT. The trailhead is about 1/2 mile from the resort. It's about a 2 mile hike to the falls from the trailhead.

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Old 08-28-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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advtenn,
I was wishing that I could have gone on the scouting ride with you on Monday, and wondered where you might go. I had no idea that you'd be riding right by my place.

It's sort of strange seeing somebody else posting shots of places I ride everyday. (Strange in a good way)

knybango, I noticed you went down White Oak Rd. Hard to believe it's state road. I saw a bear on it one day. Where's that old church looking building that back in the woods? I haven't come across it yet. Looks like a fun place to spend Halloween night!

Guess I need to pull out the camera and be part of this thread, before you guys show all the good stuff.
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knybango, I noticed you went down White Oak Rd. Hard to believe it's state road. I saw a bear on it one day.
White Oak Rd. is fun - I was talking to the guys in the gas-station at the bottom and they told me that I should not go.... don't tell me things like that!
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White Oak Rd. is fun - I was talking to the guys in the gas-station at the bottom and they told me that I should not go.... don't tell me things like that!

They probably just didn't realize how tough you are!!

Btw, is the DRZ on the road yet?
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:20 AM   #13
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They probably just didn't realize how tough you are!!

Btw, is the DRZ on the road yet?
it's not about tough... it's about telling me I can't do it (I just don't listen very well)


The DRZ should be ready this weekend: lowering links will be here tomorrow (hope I don't have trouble installing them), the seat is cut down and just need to be recovered, tags tomorrow....

the side-stand won't be shortened, but there's always a tree or something to help me out.
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:15 AM   #14
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very good pics!!! thanks for posting kynbanjo! that 'beauty spot'...it's not the one i'm after...the one i visited had a tower...and a lot of hippies hanging out :)
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:28 AM   #15
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I can't this weekend either. Wish I could, but I'm nailling down a wooden floor in our kitchen, tired of looking at OSB... FYI, never buy the narrow flooring. It takes forever to lay.

If you're looking for some trails that "need exploring" There are some near Mtn City and also some near the Rally site that need to be checked out. PM or call if you want a lead on them. Btw, sometime soon we guys should meet to compare maps & notes. I'm sure there's plenty of good stuff each of us can share, and plenty of boring and/or BS & dead-ends to avoid. I would love to get back some of the wasted miles & hours from riding that stuff.
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